Distortions in tourism development in the Dali autonomous region, China

Dai, Shanshan, Xu, Honggang, Scott, Noel, Ding, Peiyi, and Laws, Eric (2012) Distortions in tourism development in the Dali autonomous region, China. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research, 17 (2). pp. 146-163.

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Abstract

This paper presents a tourism destination development sequence for Dali, Yunnan Province, China. The development of Dali highlights limits in the power of the local government as the lead stakeholder, which took a top-down approach to economic development. The government sought to address increasing control of the tourism sector by external tour operators through increasing its own control of local tourism attractions. This approach has been only partially successful in reducing distortions in the tourism channel. The origins of these distortions are described and analysed. A number of additional responses are suggested to improve the local benefits obtained from the inflow of tourists to this new destination area including development of a more market oriented competitive strategy that seeks to co-opt stakeholders into collaborative activities.

Item ID: 22142
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1094-1665
Keywords: destination management, tourism channel management, China, Dali, distortions in economic benefits, dependency theory
Funders: Chinese NAF
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 15:51
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150603 Tourism Management @ 60%
15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1506 Tourism > 150699 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 40%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900301 Economic Issues in Tourism @ 34%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 33%
90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900303 Tourism Infrastructure Development @ 33%
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